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Title

Untitled

1960s


Artist

January Nangunyari-Namiridali

Australia

circa 1901 - 1972

Language group

Kunwinjku, Arnhem region


About

January Nangunyari-Namiridali was among the group of artists – including Yirawala, Paddy Compass Namatbara and Jimmy Midjawmidjaw – who were working at Mindjilang (Croker Island) in the 1960s. This group of artists were some of the first artists from western Arnhem Land to be recognised and collected. His works from this time, including this painting, were collected by Karel Kupka, the most astute European collector of that era.

The subject appears to be mimihs or possibly wangarra spirit beings, two men and three women, singing, and is a rare example of the old style of western Arnhem Land bark painting before rarrk (crosshatching) was introduced. This style of painting appears to represent variations of ceremonial body paint and is derived from paintings on rock shelters, caves and galleries found in the Arnhem Land escarpment.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005


Details


Date

1960s


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

73.0 x 44.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2005


Location

Not on display


Accession number

27.2005


Artist information

January Nangunyari-Namiridali

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Croker Island

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 39 (colour illus.), 118, 228.